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Indiana Commission for Higher Education

CHE > State Financial Aid > State Financial Aid - By Program > Child of Deceased or Disabled Veteran Child of Deceased or Disabled Veteran

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The regularly assessed fees for children of disabled veterans:

Both benefits are limited to a maximum of 124 credit hours. If the veteran parent initially enlisted before June 30, 2011, there is no time limit to use the allotted 124 credit hours. If the veteran parent initially enlisted after June 30, 2011, the allotted 124 credit hours must be used within 8 years after the date the child first applied.

Both benefits may be used at the undergraduate and professional degree level. Tuition and regularly assessed fees for all students will be paid at the undergraduate rate charged by the institution.

**If the veteran parent initially enlisted before June 30, 2011, this benefit pays 100% of tuition and regularly assessed fees. If the veteran parent initially enlisted after June 30, 2011 and suffered a disability with a rating of 80 percent or more, this benefit pays 100 percent of tuition and regularly assessed fees at an eligible Indiana institution as a supplement to other state grants. If the veteran parent initially enlisted after June 30, 2011 and suffered a disability with a rating less than 80 percent, the rate of remission for tuition and regularly assessed fees is 20 percent plus the disability rating.

If the veteran parent initially enlisted before June 30, 2011, the benefit may be used at the undergraduate, graduate and professional degree level. However, tuition and regularly assessed fees for all students will be paid at the undergraduate rate charged by the institution.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

Applicant for Child of Purple Heart Recipient or Wounded Veteran or Deceased or Disabled Veteran Requirements

Veteran Parent Initially Enlisted BEFORE June 30, 2011

  • Must be eligible to pay the resident tuition rate at the Eligible Indiana Institution the person will attend
  • Must have been adopted before the age of 24 (if legally adopted child of the veteran parent)

Veteran Parent Initially Enlisted AFTER June 30, 2011

  • Must be eligible to pay the resident tuition rate at the Eligible Indiana Institution the person will attend
  • Must possess the requisite academic qualifications
  • Must not be more than 32 years old when he or she first applies for and is eligible to receive the benefit
  • Must have been adopted before the age of 18 (if legally adopted child of the veteran parent)
  • Must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) as determined by the institution to remain eligible
  • Must file the FAFSA annually

Child of Purple Heart Recipient or Wounded Veteran or Deceased or Disabled Veteran (parent of applicant) Requirements

Veteran Parent Initially Enlisted BEFORE June 30, 2011

If a Purple Heart recipient or wounded veteran, the parent…

  • Must have served in the US armed forces;
  • Must have received the Purple Heart decoration or wounds as a result of enemy action; 
  • Must have received a discharge or separation other than dishonorable discharge
  • Must have resided in Indiana for at least 36 consecutive months during his or her lifetime.

If a deceased or disabled veteran, the parent…

  • Must have served in the US armed forces during a war or performed duty equally hazardous that was recognized by the award of a US service or campaign medal
  • Must have suffered a service connected death or disability as determined by the US Department of Veterans' Affairs
  • Must have received a discharge or separation other than dishonorable discharge
  • Must have resided in Indiana for at least 36 consecutive months during his or her lifetime

Veteran Parent Initially Enlisted AFTER June 30, 2011

If a Purple Heart recipient or wounded veteran, the parent…

  • Must have served in the US armed forces
  • Must have received the Purple Heart decoration or wounds as a result of enemy action
  • Must have received a discharge or separation other than dishonorable discharge
  • Must have designated Indiana as home of record at the time of enlistment or resided in Indiana at least 5 years before the child first applies for the benefit

If a deceased or disabled veteran, the parent…

  • Must have served in the US armed forces during a war or performed duty equally hazardous that was recognized by the award of a US service or campaign medal
  • Must have suffered a service connected death or disability as determined by the US Department of Veterans' Affairs
  • Must have received a discharge or separation other than dishonorable discharge
  • Must have designated Indiana as home of record at the time of enlistment or resided in Indiana at least 5 years before the child first applies for the benefit

Applicant for Child of Prisoner of War or Person Missing in Action Requirements

  • Must be an individual who was born during the period during which his or her father was a POW/MIA whose father, mother or spouse was a PSO killed in the line of duty
  • Must have been legally adopted or in the legal custody of his or her father before and during the period which the father was a POW/MIA
  • Must file the FAFSA annually
  • Must not be more than thirty-two years of age when the person first applies and becomes eligible for benefits under this chapter
  • If parent enlisted after June 30, 2011 and student enrolled in college after June 30, 2012, student must maintain SAP as determined by the institution

Child of Prisoner of War or Person Missing in Action (parent of applicant) Requirements

  • Must have been a resident of Indiana at the time he or she entered the US armed forces
  • Must have been declared a POW/MIA while serving in the US armed forces after January 1, 1960

 

HOW TO APPLY

  • Submit a complete and corrected FAFSA prior to application (please allow 5-7 business days for processing)
  • Submit the Child of Disabled Veteran Application and necessary documentation to the Indiana Department of Veterans' Affairs office (see below) at least 30 days before the start of the semester. Please view the Application Filing Deadlines for more information about the application and submission deadline.

After receipt of the application, the Indiana Department of Veterans' Affairs will return an approved application as well as a letter to the student. If the application is not approved, the student will be notified in writing. Please direct all questions to the IDVA at:

Indiana Department of Veterans' Affairs
302 W. Washington Street, Rm. E-120
Indianapolis, IN 46204
317.232.3910
800.400.4520
http://www.in.gov/veteran